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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the Flinders Council than in any other field.

Field of qualification presents the primary field of study for the highest qualification the person has received. While this is likely to have some relationship to their current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The presence of specific qualifications among the Flinders Council's resident workforce, which are not used by local industry, may indicate an opportunity for a new industry to move into the area and access a ready labour force.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the population;
  • The types of industries and occupations located in the Flinders Council or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Flinders Council, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

Field of Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupations statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
Flinders Council - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. TasmaniaNumber%. Tasmania2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences51.22.030.81.8+2
Information Technology001.4001.3--
Engineering and Related Technologies409.510.1297.310.3+11
Architecture and Building276.44.7235.84.5+4
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies317.32.4235.82.2+8
Health368.57.5328.06.6+4
Education255.95.7184.55.2+7
Management and Commerce337.811.1328.010.1+1
Society and Culture255.98.7184.57.3+7
Creative Arts51.21.930.81.7+2
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services184.34.3194.83.9-1
Mixed Field Programmes000.1000.0--
Not stated or inadequately described225.22.9123.03.5+10
No qualification15636.937.118746.941.5-31
Total Persons423100.0100.0399100.0100.0+24

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in the Flinders Council shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (40 people or 9.5%)
  • Health (36 people or 8.5%)
  • Management and Commerce (33 people or 7.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 109 people in total or 25.8% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Tasmania employed 10.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 7.5% in Health and 11.1% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the Flinders Council and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (7.3% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (7.8% compared to 11.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (5.9% compared to 8.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Not stated or inadequately described (5.2% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Flinders Council increased by 24 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in the Flinders Council was for those qualified in:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+11 resident workers)
  • Not stated or inadequately described (+10 resident workers)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (+8 resident workers)
  • Education (+7 resident workers)

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